We recently had our second holiday to Bridlington, East Yorkshire with the caravan. Bridlington offers so much for families to do and none of it will particularly break the bank. It’s somewhere we would be happy to go to again and again, especially as we still haven’t managed to do everything there. On this visit, we stayed at South Cliff Holiday Park which is just on the outskirts of Bridlington. I will review the park below and then briefly go through what you can do while in Bridlington.
Please note – the touring field has now moved to a new site across the road. There are also new static caravan pitches plus a new playground.
South Cliff Holiday Park Review, Bridlington
South cliff is about a 2 hour drive for us from Lincolnshire, with our touring caravan, making Bridlington an ideal holiday destination. We booked in advance online at South Cliff Holiday park for three nights. As well as having touring pitches for caravans and motorhomes they also offer camping pitches. Plus there are static caravans and glamping cabins available to hire. This site does not allow dogs. Not for everyone I know! But for some, this is a reason to book here alone. When we booked all size pitches were the same cost each night. We visited in high season and paid £30 a night for our pitch.
Touring field at South Cliff
When we arrived it was pretty straightforward finding reception and receiving the details of where we were to pitch. There were no options to change the pitch as it had already been allocated to us. There was a member of staff waiting at the pitch to meet us and help us with anything we needed. He gave us a good briefing of the facilities and helped us position our van.
We arrived early on a Thursday before the schools were finished for the holidays so there was lots of room to play.
The touring field is actually based around a big field. We were on the side nearest to the road. I thought this may be an issue but it didn’t bother us like I thought it might. We were well positioned for the showers and toilets and the pitch was a decent size but we do prefer bigger with some level of privacy. It is what you make it though. A lot of people caravan for the social aspect.
There are 160 pitches with electric and free wifi. Which worked great while we were there. There are two shower and toilet blocks. We did not have any issues with them. They seemed to be cleaned regularly and weren’t miss used.
Near the touring field is a camping area. Right next to that is the children’s outdoor playground and then the entertainment facilities. The number of children in the playground was a huge contrast from Thursday until Saturday. I would not have managed the following photos childfree on any other day than a term time Thursday.
There is a relatively large shop onsite, a takeaway fish and chip shop. Plus an amusement arcade, a bar area for bingo etc., a separate bar and family entertainment room, plus a restaurant and soft play area. The site also has a laundrette. The website does state nightly entertainment. However, there wasn’t anything on the Thursday night we were there. Only the Friday and Saturday nights. I would imagine they have entertainment every night during school holidays.
The food was fairly priced in the restaurant and we ate well both nights. Jamie loved the soft play area. It was small but hardly ever busy so he had a great time.
We arrived early on the Friday night in the family entertainment area and secured a decent table. However Saturday night we left it far too late and there was nowhere to sit. Which was a shame as Jamie was desperate to join in with the disco. The entertainment was mostly a DJ playing a few party games.
The nearby beach
The staff will point you in the direction of the beach when you arrive. It’s not too far to walk but we did take the car as we had loads of beach type paraphernalia. If you walk it takes approx. 10 minutes from the touring field through the site towards the beach. We went to a pay and display car park where you do have to pay to park but some kind people gave us their ticket. This car park is actually the park and ride car park and not only can you catch a bus into the centre of Bridlington from here you can actually catch a land train down to the south beach too.
The cliff itself down to the beach isn’t too steep and we passed a lovely few hours playing in the sand and water. You can see quite a fair amount of Bridlington from this beach.
What did we do in Bridlington
We spent two full days in Bridlington and didn’t manage to do everything. There is plenty to see and do. We always park at the harbour car park when we visit. Make sure if you are there all day to park in the long stay car park. The two car parks are right next to each other but the long stay works out at a better price if you pay for all day parking. I’d also advise arriving around 10am as it can become quite a challenge to find a space after that. Other parking is available in Bridlington and you can, of course, use the park and ride. We prefer the north side to the south though so this suits us better.
North beach land train
We have gone on the north beach land train on both visits. Why? Because it is good value for money. The south beach train runs between the park and ride to Bridlington Spa.
The north beach train runs from outside the Leisure centre up to Sewerby Hall. There are various pricing options and we opted to pay for a return trip with one stop included. Bondville model village is a stop on the north train route and it was somewhere we were keen to visit. The train cost just £2.50 each, which was a return ticket. It is a long train ride, hence why it’s such great value for money. It’s lovely to go up that way as it shows you quite a different Bridlington to down by the harbour and in the centre. The scenery and view over to Bridlington is just beautiful from the Sewerby Hall end.
We were so lucky with the weather!
Bondville Model Village
This was on my list of must dos. Jamie had never been to a model village before and this looked like a particularly good one. There’s nothing quite like a trip to the seaside than with a visit to a model village included. Granted it didn’t take us long to visit and I spent most of my time telling Jamie to slow down. But we all loved it and thought it was very well done. When you purchase your tickets you are given access to their gate code. You then walk around in a one way loop around the model village. If you pick up a sheet of things to find along your way it may well slow your kids down.
The castle and houses by the water were my particular favourite.
Make sure you have cash on you if you visit as they only accept cash as payment. We paid £4 for each adult and £2.50 for Jamie. We were finished within an hour and ready to catch the next train up to Sewerby Hall and back down to Bridlington.
Pirate Ship, Bridlington
We have been on this both visits now. It’s just a short 10-minute ride and they don’t charge a lot per person. It was only £1 each on Thursday and £2 each on the Saturday. I wish we’d gone on the Thursday. Not only was it cheaper but the sea was a lot less rough than on the Saturday. Instead of following the normal route along the north beach coast the pirate ship literally went straight out to sea and back again. It was far too rough to do anything else. The pirate ship runs from the 1st April until 31st October. Tide times vary when the ship is operational.
This is a famous pleasure cruiser, the only one operating on the east Yorkshire coast. It has been taking tourists up the coast for 70 years now. It runs from Easter until October and leaves at different times of the day due to tide times.
We went on a 1 hour 30 cruise up to RSPB Bempton cliffs and back. We paid £8.00 each for an adult and Jamie cost £4.00. Children under 3 years old can travel for free. They have various cruise length options and prices vary. We were able to buy hot and cold drinks plus alcoholic beverages on board.
The scenery along the way was just beautiful and we had a good view of Flamborough head and the lighthouse. It was truly amazing seeing all the birds around the Bempton cliffs. I have never seen so many. The noise was astounding and to see them all either roosting, bobbing on the waves or flying was a sight I’d never seen before. We even managed to spot a couple of puffins.
Bridlington is not short of amusements. There are plenty of fairground rides to suit all ages from young children, to older children and teenagers, up to adults. There are two different sections to the rides and rides are paid for with bought tokens. The more tokens you purchase the bigger the savings. Tokens are only usable in the area you bought them in so beware before buying too many.
There are also plenty of amusement arcades in Bridlington. Treasure Island is one of our favourites. It’s up at the north beach and has a pirate-themed exterior.
What we didn’t manage to do
Visit the south beach – We managed to visit here last year but ran out of time during this visit. Jamie was able to ride a donkey and we spent a pleasant hour sat on a rooftopbar listening to an Elvis tribute act.
Visit Sewerby Hall – The north side land train goes from the leisure centre up to Sewerby hall. It looks lovely and I’d really like to visit one day. It is a grand Georgian house with gardens and a small zoo.
East Riding leisure centre – This leisure centre looks to be so much fun. There’s a fantastic looking splash zone with tipping buckets and water toys, plus slides and a large swimming pool. It’s not been long built. The climbing walls look even more fun and are suitable for ages from 4+.
Visit Bridlington Birds of prey and animal park – We actually stayed here on our first visit with the caravan and didn’t manage to visit. It looks like a nice little farm with lots to do with the kids.
John Bull rock – Here you can go on a factory tour and see how they make rock. You can make your own chocolate lolly or customise your own rock.
See a show at Bridlington Spa – The list of what’s on here is huge. There is something for everyone. It’s mostly tribute acts and shows.
Treasure island mini golf & Haunted house – Jamie really wanted to go in the haunted house. I was going to take him but I wasn’t impressed that the price they quoted was just a ‘from’ price so I didn’t have enough money on me. It seemed a little expensive for that reason. They also have treasure island mini golf in this building. It does sound and look fun.
Speed boat – You can take a short yet extremely fast ride on a speed boat from the harbour
You don’t have to venture too far for even more to do in nearby Filey, RSPB Bempton Cliffs and Flamborough head.
A few more photos from our holiday.
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